June 24, 2010

Mascarpone Strawberries


Sweet Poppers

Thoughts of something sweet and offerings of desserts, candies or confections featuring a stuffing for today’s post kept me pretty busy … for a short while. I mean, sure there are many, all sorts of sweet things from éclairs, scones, muffins, fruit hand pies; I could just go on forever folks. But, I wanted something simple, something fresh for summer and something for boys and girls to enjoy.


Okay, strawberries filled with sweetened cream cheese or a sugar frosting is kinda of girly-girly. That’s why I’m adding a little more sophistication as in better ingredients with a taste all grownups can appreciate. The mascarpone mixed with the cream cheese is a delightful contrast to the wee tartness of the cranberries along with the subtle hint of orange from the liqueur and when combined with the sweetness and flavor of a ripe strawberry – oh my goodness. You’re just gonna have to give it a try. Enjoy and thank me later!


Mascarpone Stuffed Strawberries
Omit sugar for a less sweeter appetizer

8 ounces mascarpone cheese
3 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 1/2 teaspoons powdered sugar
24 large strawberries, halved
toasted walnuts for dusting if desired 
    Combine mascarpone and cream cheese, dried cranberries, liqueur and sugar in a food processor to blend.

    Cut a thin slice from stem end of each strawberry forming a base. Cut each strawberry into four wedges, starting at pointed ends and cutting to but not through stem ends.

    Pipe the cheese mixture into the strawberry halves using a pastry bag fitted with an open star tip. The tip should be large enough so the cranberry bits do not clog the tip.

    Chill until time to serve. Dust with walnuts crumbs.

    18 comments :

    1. I love this addition of cranberries have tried these with dates and pistachio never this combo...I know I will love this one!

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    2. sounds tasty, and not very girly girly. daniel was standing over my shoulder reading this and went "wow that does sound good, you should make those this weekend."

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    3. Sweet. I want to try these stuffed strawberries. Thanks.

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    4. Girly or not, they sound wonderful! I love the addition of triple sec.

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    5. What a great idea, and pretty healthy too!

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    6. Boys and girls both would enjoy those. You could change out the walnuts for almonds and the triple sec for amaretto for another variation.

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    7. Those look amazing! Nice shots. I want to tell you, I am loving the new look of your blog!

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    8. Stuffed strawberries is such a great idea! I love the presentation of these :)

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    9. This is a great Summer dessert for everyone. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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    10. I've never seen stuffed strawberries. Love it! I think the toasted walnuts would tie it all together.

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    11. Wow, so creative of you and it must have been quite a task filling them all in individually!

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    12. This looks perfect. I could not do the strawberries, but everything else is a go:)

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    13. i love the addition of triple sec and cranberries, I recently made stuffed strawberires also, but you stuffed way more than I did, I lost patience and sliced mine..

      sweetlife

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    14. Hi Drick, These look so delicious. I'm going to whip these up earlier in the day and have them ready for our dessert this weekend.

      Thanks for sharing,
      Joanne

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    15. these look just perfect!!! For a special occasion as well!

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    16. What a great twist! Love, love, love the sound of this (nothing beats mascarpone in my book). I'm having a linky party over at my blog tomorrow (all about strawberries), and I would love to see this recipe in it!

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